Remember when the American colonies incited a revolution over representation?
You might not know this, but Abigail Adams had as much say in the development of the United State's ideals and values as her husband, John Adams. He frequently corresponded with her about the formation of the Declaration of Independence. Writing from the family farm in Braintree, she encouraged her husband to create a document that afforded women the same rights as men.
Since our nation's founding, women and men have shared a common interest in having their perspectives represented in government. While representation was a given for men, women were forced to conduct marches and stage demonstrations to gain recognition under the law, which didn't officially happen until 1920.
March 8 is International Women’s Day. It's is an opportunity for everyone to acknowledge the efforts nations across the globe are making to eliminate discrimination against women. A huge part of those efforts involves providing a platform that represents the experiences of women in their personal and professional lives.
Ms. representation in Business Books
As of March 2020, nine of the top 10 business books as ranked by the New York Times are products of male authors. Plus, according to the founder of the Business Books Awards, two-thirds of submitted nominees were men compared to just one-third from women.
Women have unique needs and challenges in the workplace, like each demographic segment. When the leading authorities on noteworthy manuscripts consistently position male voices above those of females, we alienate people from information that is specific and relevant to their situations.
If society doesn’t start accounting for variations in the male and female experience, we run the risk of losing out on a wealth of economic potential.
We’re currently dropping the ball in many aspects of female representation:
The numbers illustrate the powerful position women are in, alongside the obstacles in their way towards assuming that position.
Maybe you’re a manager trying to figure out how to connect with a female employee. Perhaps you’re the female employee who doesn’t feel like she fits into the corporate puzzle. Whether you’re a man who wants to understand the goals of women co-workers or you’re a woman navigating the complexities of leadership development when surrounded by male superiors, business would go smoother if we understood where each party was coming from.
In light of International Women’s Day, we compiled a round up of the top influential business books covering all aspects of leadership, management, and entrepreneurship with a female perspective.